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National tax practice

AGS's dedicated national tax practice includes lawyers based in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. Having provided a broad range of services to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) over many years, we have a thorough understanding of the ATO's operations, policies and imperatives including those specific to dispute resolution and litigation. We understand and support the dispute management principles, strategies and techniques which the ATO uses to to avoid, minimise and resolve disputes as early, cooperatively and collaboratively as possible, including independent review, settlements, alternative dispute resolution and litigation. We also understand and support the principles embodied in Law Administration Practice Statement PSLA 2009/9 and seek to ensure adherence to those principles.

We have outstanding expertise in tax appeal litigation, and in defending the Commissioner’s decisions and processes from attacks in the courts.

AGS has represented the ATO in a wide range of matters in all relevant jurisdictions, for example:

  • proceedings under Part IVC of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 in the AAT, the Federal Court and, where special leave is granted, on appeal to the High Court, in relation to objection decisions in respect of assessments and private rulings, and other decisions that are subject to Part IVC
  • declaratory proceedings